DIY Stamps

Dragon Fruit Stamp

This dragon fruit is on fire.

It’s all Jess’s fault. For my birthday she got me a stamp-making kit, and now I’m addicted. In no time at all I had used up the rubber block that came in the kit and I had to rush to the craft store and get more.

I won’t post any tutorials yet about stamp making because 1) I’m a novice and 2) there are so many cute ones out there, such as this one: http://www.minnamayblog.com/2012/02/diy-hand-carved-stamp-tutorial.html

I can’t wait to move on up to block printing. Why am I such a crafting nerd?

Ginkgo leaves, ginkgo leaves everywhere!

Ginkgooo

Leaf love!

Lettuce turnip the beet!

Gimmie a beet! :)

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Handmade Valentine’s Day

I’ve never been too keen on Valentine’s Day, but this year I happen to be sharing it with someone that deserves a great day. So I had to bite back my usual revulsion to anything corny, mushy and sappy and put together a handmade Valentine’s Day. I’m grudgingly admitting that I really got into it.

The first thing was to make the actual valentine. We’re both literary types, so I made him a J.R.R. Tolkien-themed valentine card. Inspired by (this tutorial on how to make a Hobbit door), I made my own Hobbit door using only cardstock paper, coloring pencils, a felt-tip pen and a metallic Sharpie marker:

The road goes ever on and on...

The road goes ever on and on…

[ He said it was the best card he ever received. :) ]

Ambiance is key! On V-Day, he was in class until 7, which gave me ample time to decorate his apartment.

Easy-peasy.

Easy-peasy.

To make the paper heart garland, I followed this super-easy, beautiful tutorial.

The result:

Look at Evie peeking out!

Look at Evie peeking out!

Next, making a meal from scratch. I made a new apron just for the occasion! Now, there are literally hundreds of patterns and tutorials out there on the Interwebs, but I was rushing so I made mine in a couple of hours, completely winging it.

Ruffly hems make me happy

Ruffly hems make me happy

For the dinner, I made chicken pot pie for the first time!

From scratch!

Nothing says “domestic” like a rolling pin!

I had no idea, but he announced he loved chicken pot pie, and loved mine! I used this recipe for my Chicken Pot Pie.

I also made a bubbling, tarty raspberry and blackberry pie. Mmm.

So juicy. Perfect with vanilla ice cream!

So juicy. Perfect with vanilla ice cream!

Here’s the recipe I used: Blackberry & Raspberry Pie.

Hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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